Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has issued his thoughts on a key incident in Crystal Palace’s recent draw with Leicester City.
Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, Halsey was left surprised by Graham Scott’s decision not to send-off Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic.
They key flashpoint in the game came when Milivojevic appeared to raise his elbow on Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
But the 29-year-old received no punishment over the incident, even though there have been players sent-off for similar coming togethers.
Crystal Palace went on to earn a point from the game, as Wilfried Zaha’s opener after 58 minutes was cancelled out by a late goal from Leicester’s Harvey Barnes with seven minutes remaining of the match.
Halsey admitted that he thought the incident was worthy of a red card, and was ‘very surprised’ to see no action taken on the Serbian midfielder for his role in the flashpoint.
“When I saw that I thought, ‘that’s violent conduct, that’s a red card’ and it just seemed to get brushed over”.
“I was very surprised that no action was taken in this situation.”
Crystal Palace are currently sat 15th in the Premier League table, and find themselves eight points clear of the relegation zone after 16 matches in this year’s campaign.
Milivojevic has been a regular in Roy Hodgson’s team this season, and has made 13 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles, as they look to put together a positive run of results.
Whilst Leicester City are sat third in the top-flight standings, and will be looking to pick up a win to keep the pressure on the top-two, when they return to action against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday 3rd January.